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Public Libraries and their National Policies by John Helling

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Sweden

Abstract:

Originally, Swedish libraries had a strong mandate of education, teaching Swedes how to read the Bible and improve household abilities. In the early twentieth century Valfrid Palmgren brought her experience with the American public library system to Sweden and true public library service began to develop. The development of public libraries in Sweden took a step backward in the 1960s when Sweden abolished its public library law and did not replace it for 30 years. Since then, however, Sweden has put together a healthy system of standards and legislation to guide the growth of its libraries.

Key words

public library standards

multi-source funding

school library cooperation

Historical background

Like in many Western countries, ...

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